Wills Estate Probate Law

Leaving Your Body to Science: The Ultimate Gift

Have you ever considered leaving your body to science?  It’s something people often joke about.  But can you?  How do you do it?  Who would want it?  What happens if you do? Donating your body (or cadaver as it is medically known) to scientific research and experimentation after death can be a viable option if… Read more »

A Pet Legacy for Peace of Mind

It has become increasingly acknowledged that there are enormous benefits to pet ownership, especially for the elderly or those living on their own. Pets help to reduce stress, lower blood pressure, increase physical activity and social interaction. However, pet ownership also comes with a myriad of responsibilities and as an elderly owner’s health and their… Read more »

Estate Planning – Why it’s time to act

It’s time to address your Estate planning ‘Estate Planning’, it’s something that we put off.  Perhaps because we don’t feel like we have an ‘estate‘ or perhaps our ‘estate’ is too complex.  Some have lodged a will 20 years ago, the majority of us still haven’t ever got around to it. The truth is, we… Read more »

Advance care planning – now more important than ever

As Australia prepares for the COVID-19 crisis in the months ahead, I urge colleagues in the aged care sector to include advance care planning in their preparations. The Australian Health Management Plan for Pandemic Influenza 2019 cites the importance of Advance Care Directives as part of a coordinated response. Given that current research demonstrates that… Read more »

What happens when a sole member of an SMSF loses capacity?

A loss of capacity of a person can occur when a person is unable to understand the nature of a document or is unable to communicate a decision. What do I do?